The window for applications was set to close Thursday, but was extended another week, with the new deadline set for Thursday, Aug. 6.
"By keeping the online portal open for another week, we can make sure everyone who needs to apply for assistance has the opportunity to do so," said HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas.
The program gives up to four months rental assistance to individuals and families that lost income due to COVID-19, which will be paid directly to landlords.
Visnauskas said the COVID Rent Relief Program will prioritize households across the state that have the "greatest economic and social need, accounting for income, rent burden, percent of income lost and risk of homelessness."
The RRP is open to New Yorkers who are experiencing an increase in their “rent burden” due to a loss of income during the COVID-19 crisis. "Rent burden" is defined by HRC as the amount of monthly contractual rent that exceeds 30% of gross household income.
According to HRC, eligible households must:
- Be a renter with a primary residence in New York State
- Have had a household income below 80% Area Mean Income prior to March 1 and at the time of application
- To calculate your AMI, click here
- Families with extremely low income will prioritized
- Income includes unemployment insurance payments and pandemic unemployment assistance
- Pay more than 30% of gross monthly income for rent prior to March 1 and at the time of application
- Have less monthly income in any month between April 2020 and July 2020 than they did prior to March 1, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic
HCR has also set up a call center to provide assistance to applicants.
Call the COVID Rent Relief Program Call Center at 1-833-499-0318 Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This story has been corrected to show the new deadline is Thursday, Aug. 6.